Thursday, July 3, 2014

What is the weather like for tomorrow?

Until we see God-sent storms as interventions and not punishments, we’ll never get better; we’ll only get bitter.

Tchividjian, Tullian (2010-04-23). Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels (p. 57). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

When thinking about grace, it is hard to see suffering as an act of grace. But think about being a parent. Sometimes a parent must discipline a child so that the child can learn truth. We intervene by taking away or not allowing computer privileges so that the child will not be in danger from predators. "But Johnnie's parents let him have his own laptop with full internet access." Do we take away their pain and expose them to danger?

Of course, if you read the whole book, it's not just about getting better, it's about getting better through understanding who we are in God's eyes, and how He is with us in the storm.

I wonder what the forecast for tomorrow is.

3 comments:

KC Bob said...

What are "God-sent storms"?

Don G said...

I think it is hard to say sometimes which storms are God sent, and which are not. I do think that God does send storms, just ask Noah.

Regardless of whether they are God sent or a result of our own choices, what matters is how we respond to them.

Thanks for the thought question. Sorry my response was slow...have been out of town for a few days.

KC Bob said...

"Regardless of whether they are God sent or a result of our own choices, what matters is how we respond to them."

On that we agree Don.